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Building Applied and Back Insulated Photovoltaic Modules: Thermal Models

Abstract Building applied photovoltaics (BAPV) is a major application sector for photovoltaics (PV). Due to the negative temperature coefficient of power output, the performance of a PV module decreases as the temperature of the module increases. In hot climatic conditions, such as the summer in Arizona, the operating temperature of a BAPV module can reach as high as 90°C. Considering a typical 0.5%/°C power drop for crystalline silicon (c-Si) modules, a performance decrease of approximately 30% would be expected during peak summer temperatures due to the difference between rated temperature (25°C) and operating temperature (~90°C) of the modules. Also, in a worst-case scenario, such as partial shading of the PV cells of air gap-free BAPV modules, s... (more)
Created Date 2010
Contributor Oh, Jaewon (Author) / Tamizhmani, Govindasamy (Advisor) / Rogers, Bradley R (Committee member) / Macia, Narciso F (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Engineering / Alternative Energy
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 78 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note M.S.Tech Engineering 2010
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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